For The Record: Quick News On Ne-Yo, Britney Spears, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Anna Nicole Smith & More

Ne-Yo knows his new album title; Clarkson talks LP; Florida appeals court upholds last week's Smith ruling.

Ne-Yo has decided on Know Me as the title to his second album, due April 24. “I feel that people dug the first album, but nobody really knew who I was [on it],” Ne-Yo said. “I want people to really get to know who I am with the second album.” In between finishing the In My Own Words follow-up, Ne-Yo is also writing for Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Usher, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Will.I.Am. “And I might be doing some stuff for Michael Jackson, we’ll see what happens,” he said, smiling. …

Kelly Clarkson has finished her new album, titled My December, according to a post on her Web site. Clarkson details her February 15 performance at the Daytona 500 — “I had such a great time! What an exciting race!” — before getting to the info about the follow-up to her hit Breakaway. She says the effort will be full of “intimate, raw, personal rock” but adds that some songs are “very sweet and soft.” Clarkson doesn’t mention a release date for My December in her post, and a spokesperson for her record label, RCA, had no comment. …

Anna Nicole Smith will most likely be buried in the Bahamas after a Florida appeals court upheld a judge’s decision giving control of the model’s body to her daughter’s guardian, The Associated Press reports. Virgie Arthur had appealed the ruling, wanting to bury Smith — her daughter — in her home state of Texas instead, but the court decided Wednesday (February 28) that Smith’s “last ascertainable wish” was to be buried alongside her son in the Bahamas. … Beyoncé might want to pay a quick trip to the hospital. The singer reportedly attended a party celebrating Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue — B graces this year’s cover — and, as it turns out, a Wolfgang Puck Catering employee who worked at the event has since been diagnosed with hepatitis A, AP reports. While the risk of illness was “quite low,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told the news outlet that everyone who ate raw food at the February 14 party is urged to receive a preventative shot before Wednesday comes to a close. …

Paris Hilton was cited for driving with a suspended license Tuesday night, a month after she was sentenced to three years’ probation for alcohol-related reckless driving. Hilton — who was not tested for alcohol consumption Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson — was released on site, but her Bentley Continental GTC was impounded. The socialite was pulled over on Sunset Boulevard for driving without her headlights on. She will appear in court for the suspended-license charge, although a date has not yet been set. If Hilton is found guilty, her probation could be revoked and she may have to serve jail time. …

The Fray are headlining a summer amphitheater and arena tour beginning June 11 in Minneapolis and ending with two shows at Red Rocks near their home city of Denver on August 4-5. OK Go and Mae are opening the first leg, with Gomez and Eisley on the second. … Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has revealed that this year’s lineup will feature a wide variety of musical styles, from the typical punk and emo bands to hip-hop artists, ska acts and some metal bands too. “If [you're] open-minded, this will be a great show,” he said. “If you’re not, this might be the year to stay home and go do something constructive with your lives instead of complaining about the lineup on the message boards.” …

From First to Last have parted ways with frontman Sonny Moore, who has left the band to focus on a solo career. Guitarist Matt Good has been called on to replace the singer, and the band has also signed with Suretone and will not be releasing its next album on Capitol, as was planned. “We all tried to make compromises,” the band said in a statement, “but sometimes artists just have to do things for themselves.” Moore also spoke out in a post on his MySpace page, which read, “When your heart really aches for something positive, you’d be nothing but a whore if you didn’t listen to it even if that meant taking chances. Change is such an important thing when time calls for it.” …

Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for Phish, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drug charges stemming from a December 15 traffic stop in Vermont and was released on bail. According to AP,, Anastasio appeared in court to enter the plea and his lawyer said the 42-year-old guitarist/singer has an admitted drug problem and is trying to overcome his addiction. Anastasio spent 28 days in a treatment program in January after being charged in December with felony counts of illegally possessing prescription painkillers and driving while impaired as well as misdemeanor counts of heroin possession and possession of anti-anxiety medication prescribed for someone else. Though he could face a maximum of 14 years in prison if convicted on all counts, all the charges carry minimum sentences with no jail time. Anastasio is due back in court March 27. …

Andrew W.K., Mastodon, the Hold Steady and Unearth are among the artists who’ve contributed music for the soundtrack to the upcoming Cartoon Network film “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.” The disc, due April 10, will also feature tracks by Killer Mike, 9 lb. Hammer, Early Man, Brass Castle, Insane-o-Flex, MC Chris and animated “Aqua Teen” star Master Shake. … The Recording Industry Association of America announced new, more aggressive tactics on Wednesday in the fight against illegal file sharing on college campuses. On behalf of the major record labels, the RIAA sent 400 settlement letters to 13 different universities Wednesday, warning the schools of pending copyright-infringement lawsuits against its students or staff members. Under new rules, the student or staffer can settle the claims against him or her at a discounted rate before a lawsuit is filed. Similar actions will take place every month. The RIAA is also launching a new Web site, P2PLawsuits.com, which will offer information for individuals facing suits.

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Madonna‘s new collection, M by Madonna, will be available in H&M stores next month. In the meantime, check out the whole clothing-and-accessories collection — which the singer designed — at the Web site for the Swedish magazine Detnye. …

Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is joining the Chicago production of “The Color Purple,” producers announced Tuesday (February 27). Williams will tackle the role of sultry blues singer Shug Avery. Former “American Idol” finalist LaToya London told MTV News last month that she will be starring in the same production, which opens April 17. … Los Angeles police are investigating reports that James Blunt ran over someone’s foot and then drove off as he was leaving an Oscar party Saturday. “James was leaving a party and his car was swarmed by paparazzi,” Blunt’s publicist said in a statement. “He was driving 2 mph and trying to navigate his car through all of the people.” …

Foxy Brown held a press conference in a Brooklyn, New York, church on Monday to explain her recent arrest at a Florida beauty-supply store. “The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman,” Brown said, claiming that the altercation began when she was dragged out of the store’s bathroom while she was undressed. The rapper, who is currently on probation for a 2004 assault on two New York manicurists, said she expects the charges — resisting an officer and battery — will be dropped. “I am the victim of an overzealous police department engaged in police brutality,” she said. Brown will appear before a New York judge Thursday for a probation update hearing, and could face jail time if it is determined that the Florida run-in violated the terms of her sentence. …

Ice Cube has signed on to co-produce and star in the urban comedy “First Sunday,” playing half of a duo that bungle an attempt to rob a church — and end up getting convinced of the error of their ways by their hostages. … Variety reports that Janet Jackson has agreed to star opposite Tyler Perry in “Why Did I Get Married?” Based on Perry’s stage play of the same name, the movie will follow a couple that go on vacation every winter with friends to re-examine their marriages. “Dreamgirls” castmember Sharon Leal and singer Jill Scott will also star in the film. …

Pretty Ricky — who topped the Billboard albums chart in January — are routing their 2007 tour based on Eventful.com’s Demand function, through which fans request acts to come to specific cities. Pretty Ricky have pledged to play any city with more than 1,000 unique demands “no matter how far the flight is,” Eventful CEO Jordan Glazier said. … Corinne Bailey Rae, who just released “I’d Like To” as her next single, is returning to the studio after her spring tour with John Legend. “I’m definitely writing,” she told MTV News. … Influential Los Angeles public-radio station KCRW is releasing a covers album exclusively at Starbucks locations beginning March 13. “Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project” features the Flaming Lips covering Radiohead‘s “Knives Out”; Dido remaking James Taylor‘s “Fire and Rain”; and the Magic Numbers turning Beyoncé‘s “Crazy in Love” into an acoustic ballad. R.E.M., Sia, Damien Rice, Nikka Costa and Rufus Wainwright are also included. …

Arctic Monkeys have settled on “Brianstorm” as the first single from Favourite Worst Nightmare, due April 24. The purchasable single (yes, some bands still release them) will also feature “Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” with Dizzee Rascal on guest vocals. … Former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell will release his solo debut, You Can Hold Me Down, March 13. Thom Panunzio (No Doubt, Aerosmith) produced the album. … It looks like Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese‘s next flick will reteam him with “The Departed” scripter William Monahan, Variety reports. Monahan is set to rewrite a treatment for the rock and roll flick “The Long Play,” which follows two friends through 40 years in the music business. Paramount Studios announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger will also be involved in the project. Monahan is reuniting with “Departed” star Leonardo DiCaprio as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter: The two are working on an adaptation of the police thriller “Confessions of Pain,” another Hong Kong film from the creative team behind the “Departed”-inspiring “Infernal Affairs.” …

Run-DMC are releasing “Live at Montreux 2001″ on CD and DVD on April 3. Both collections include hits like “Walk This Way,” “It’s Tricky” and “Mary Mary.” … Christina Milian is hard at work on her follow-up to last year’s So Amazin’, according to a post on the singer’s MySpace page. Milian revealed that she has already collaborated with Cool & Dre and J.R. Rotem and is set to join the Runners and Timbaland protégé Nate “Danja” Hills in the studio in the coming weeks. Milian also plans to team up with Latin songwriters and producers for the project. … The Ego Trip collective, along with MC Serch, hosted a “(White) Rapper Show” wrap party Monday night at Southpaw in Brooklyn, New York. Brand Nubian‘s Lord Jamar was also in attendance as castmembers including Persia, G-Child and John Brown performed. Hallelujah holla back! … In addition to reuniting the Jesus and Mary Chain for the first time in nearly a decade at Coachella, Scotland’s battling Reid brothers, Jim and William, have teamed with their sister Linda Reid and ex-JAMC guitarist Ben Lurie to record their debut album as Sister Vanilla. The album, Little Pop Rock, is due April 3 on Chemikal Underground and features the brothers’ patented fuzzy, garage-rock sound layered with Linda’s girlish vocals on songs such as “Jamcolas” and “Can’t Stop the Rock.” …

The Toadies, best known for their 1994 rock radio hit “Possum Kingdom,” are making a habit of reuniting. The band, which teamed up for gigs in March and June, will join up for four performances next month in Texas. The band will play March 12-13 in Austin as part of the South by Southwest festival, and then hit Houston (March 14) and Dallas (March 17). … Boston punk vets the Dropkick Murphys — who have gotten a fresh dose of attention thanks to the inclusion of their song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in “The Departed” — are heading out with reggae squad the Aggrolites for a 13-date trek. It commences Friday at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and concludes — fittingly — with a St. Patrick’s Day bash at the Agganis Arena in Boston. … Hanson are heading out on a short tour of the Northeast in advance of the May 22 release of their fourth album, The Walk. The brothers’ four-gig run will make stops in Sayreville, New Jersey (March 1); New Haven, Connecticut (March 2); Allentown, Pennsylvania (March 4); and New York (March 6).